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On Sept. 21, 2003, Brittiney Bevin wrote a prayer in her journal: “As a new week approaches, my dangerous prayer is that you’ll place broken hearted people in my path and fill me with you so that I can let your love heal their pain.”

On Sept. 22, 2003, Brittiney was killed in an auto accident on Lexington Road in front of Southern Seminary’s campus, less than one month shy of her 18th birthday.  Brittiney grew up just down the road from Southern.

Known for her heart for missions, Brittiney Bevin’s vision to see the nations reached for the sake of Christ will continue to live through The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization at Southern Seminary.  Brittney’s parents, Matt and Glenna, are the benefactors of the endowment.

“Matt and Glenna Bevin are a wonderful Christian couple whose vision and generosity are so evident in the establishment of this center and its endowment.  To know them is to know their heart for missions and the deep personal dimension of this commitment, especially as it is linked to the memory of their daughter Brittiney and her heart for missions,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Not only a memorial, the Bevins see the center as a fulfillment of Brittiney’s dream to see the gospel reach the ends of the earth.

“The Bevin family is demonstrating Christian stewardship in its very essence in the establishment of this center and endowment.  In doing so, they are not only continuing a missions vision in honor of their daughter and her memory, but they are doing something that will make a real and immediate difference on the mission fields of the world,” president Mohler explained.

The establishment of the Bevin Center is another way in which God answered Brittiney’s prayer in faithful yet humanly unforeseeable fashion.

“We’ve stepped out in ways to try to continue Brittiney’s legacy, not for her honor and glory but to carry forth her heart for missions,” Matt Bevin said. “And it is our prayer that this center will be able to carry that forward.”

“We have confidence that Southern is an institution that will steward this in a way that will serve God best,” Bevin continued.

During her high school years, Brittiney demonstrated her seriousness about missions in various ways, in particular the two short-term overseas trips she took during her teenage years; one in India and another in Romania.  These trips cultivated a deeper passion and resolution in her to take the gospel to the nations.

Now, despite her earthy absence, with the establishment of The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization, Brittiney’s dream for God to use her to extend his love to others is a reality.

Named in Brittiney’s honor, The  Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization functions on-campus as a strategic conduit to equip students to serve on any given mission field.  Providing students with cross-cultural awareness and knowledge, the center is not only content-driven with respect to offering students training and resources for the field, but it also provides a relational focus for cross-cultural ministry as well as acting as a hub for connecting students to missions opportunities abroad.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.